As many of you know (and as I often preach) if you're looking for a writing community, you don't have to look any further than twitter. If you know the right hashtags, you can find the greatest people willing to push you forward and not let you give up on whatever novel you're currently working on. I find almost nothing as helpful as this community when I'm trying to get through my work. Especially editing. While I may not get it all done, I get far more done thanks to the support of those people.
Wordmongering is the first of these hashtags that I ever used. Unlike the generic writing hashtag, this group has a specific goal. You write from the top of the hour to the half hour then compare word counts.
Some of you may wonder what's so fantastic about that. As someone who thrives on competition, I can tell you, it's amazing. Through wordmongering I have managed to get my average words up to about 2000 in every half hour (during november I was actually beating that number, but I'm far more motivated during november than any other month of the year)
I've met amazing people there. People who have offered to beta read for me, though that book was sadly shelved. I've met people who have forced me to type faster and faster in the hopes of catching up to them. (My nickname may be robot, but there are still others out there who can get more words crammed into that half hour span than me.)
This hashtag (along with its counter editmongering, which I really should be paying more attention to right now as I'm in the middle of editing a novel) was born just over a year ago. It was started by one Moni-Marie Vincent. Of all of the people in the hashtag, she's the most supportive. More often than not you can see her in there writing furiously, (or editing, of course). Even if she's not working on anything, she's in there cheering on everyone else.
Wordmongering is what kept me writing after my first nano. It was a home I found that made sure I was writing everyday. It kept me from giving up on the dream I've developed where I get published. If there was one hashtag that I would want every writer who might have issues with motivation, or concentration, to have, it would be Wordmongering.
Editmongering, on the other hand, is held between the half hour mark and the hour mark. Officially, anyway. I've found that more often than not people just hang out there while they're editing. It's a lot harder to log how much editing you've done, so this way you can still hang out with some fantastic writers while doing what you have to in order to get your novel in shape.
I should warn you, editmongering tends to have more people complaining, but I'm of the firm belief that editing requires complaining. No one can cheerfully tear their own writing apart then put it back together, can they? Well, I can't, anyway. So maybe it's just me.
Anyway, while I don't have any amazing stories for editmonging, I'm actually pretty sure that has a lot to do with the fact that I don't use this hashtag nearly as much as I should. Because I am really good at procrastinating on editing. In fact, if I have any excuse to not edit, I will definitely use it.
I wanted to say happy anniversary to Wordmongering and Editmongering. I can't tell you how much you have helped me to accomplish. Thank you for everything you've done!